Sailing from Myanmar (Burma)
Setting sail from Mandalay
Burma's second largest city is not especially pretty, though there are a few temples and pagodas of interest. More likely you will be in Mandalay at the beginning or end of a cruise along the Ayeyarwady river, or perhaps using the city as a hub to visit the sights of nearby Inwa and Sagaing.
Myanmar (Burma): Mingun
The little village of Mingun lies just along the Ayeyarwady river from Mandalay, and is notable for a trio of extraordinary pagodas. The most impressive is the unfinished Mingun Paya, commissioned by King Bodawpaya in the 18th century, which would have been the world’s largest stupa had it been completed.
Myanmar (Burma): Inwa
Burma’s former royal capital of Inwa (also known as Ava) is a sleepy rural backwater these days, though the area is still strewn with ruins of a more ostentatious era. The main sights are quite spread out, so a popular choice is to explore the temples and palace remnants by horse and cart.
Myanmar (Burma): Sagaing
Once the capital of a 14th century Shan kingdom, Sagaing is quite a sight, clustered around a series of hills dotted with myriad white and gold pagodas. For the best views head up to the top of Sagaing Hill, where you’ll also find the shimmering Soon U Ponya Shin Paya temple.
Myanmar (Burma): Yandabo
Myanmar (Burma): Bagan
It’s the sheer scale of Bagan that has catapulted the arid plains of central Burma to the top of so many travellers’ bucket lists. Over 2,000 temples, stupas and monasteries are spread over some 26 square miles, a stunning vista that’s best appreciated from a hot air balloon.
Scenic river cruising
Myanmar (Burma): Magwe, Minhla, Thayetmyo
Arriving in Pyay
Pyay, known as Prome during the colonial era, is a bustling town on the Ayeyarwady river between Bagan and Yangon. Tourists are relatively thin on the ground here, but the one big draw is the beautiful Shwesandaw Paya, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the country.
Your home from home
Scenic Aura accommodates just 44 guests in 22 sumptuous balcony suites, a supremely luxurious way to explore Myanmar and the Ayeyarwady River.
What we love
Boasting a crew-to-guest ratio of almost 1:1, along with facilities including a swimming pool, steam sauna and open-air cinema, Scenic's first foray into Myanmar is a beautiful vessel with the feel of a small boutique hotel.
|Crew||35 International Staff|
|Style||Relaxed and informal during the day, giving way to an elegant evening atmosphere.|